Students walk the track

Senior student athletes walk the track around Bowling Green High School’s football field Friday evening, staying at least 6-feet apart. With school being cancelled for the rest of the academic year, the athletes in track, baseball and golf would not be able to compete in spring sports. Photo by Meagan Latos

Small celebration for a season that did not happen

What should have been a joyous time for Bowling Green High School senior athletes, as they prepared for their spring team competitions and graduation, turned in to a somewhat sad ending.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Mike Parson ordered all schools closed for the remainder of the academic year. That meant no prom, no graduation ceremony and no sports.

Knowing how disappointed the senior athletes would be for not being able to play before graduating, Bowling Green R-1, decided to have a small tribute for them. Friday at 8:20 p.m. the lights on the school’s ball fields were turned on for 20 minutes. And those senior athletes who wanted to, were allowed to walk the track around the football field or gather on the baseball field. Only the seniors were allowed on the fields and had to maintain the CDC’s recommended 6-foot distance from each other.

Parents, friends, teachers, staff and others, had to stay in their vehicles in the school’s parking lot.

Bowling Green Athletic Director Matt Chance said, “This is more for the seniors in track, baseball, and golf. We will do something for the senior class at another time.”

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